Singed by Desiree Holt and Allie Standifer
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (52 pgs)
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
River Brody knows love exists, but every woman he dates seems to be lacking that special spark. Until he attends an engagement party for his brothers and sees the woman of his dreams.
Kendra Jacobs is coming out of a bad relationship. When she sees River, Kendra thinks he may just be the guy to try her new wiles on. As long as she leaves before he does.
After spending one memorable night together, River knows he’s found the one person he’s meant to spend the rest of his life with. However, convincing Kendra proves far from easy.
Sometimes you just can’t get a break. He wants her and is smitten from before hello. She’s unsure of any man. He’s got to break the ice. What’s a man to do when he’s Singed?
Desiree Holt and Allie Standifer write hot stories, no doubt. This one is a scorcher. Pardon the pun, but yes, I was singed by this story in a good way. The characters are interesting and the plot is believable. I found myself rooting for the characters even when I wanted to bop the heroine on the head. The writing is tight and kept me in my seat until the end.
I liked Kendra’s character. She’s human and she’s not perfect. I loved that she’s a glass artist, too. Very cool. What got under my skin a bit was her overdramatic way of cutting herself down. Now don’t get me wrong; she’s been through the wringer and her issues are valid, but I almost wanted to see her get out of herself a bit more and really embrace the best of what River offered. Still, I liked her and loved how she dealt with him. Having Kira and Kasey involved only added to the story, giving it a funny, how-did-she-function-without-them quality that was perfect.
River...now there’s a hunk. Whew! Few guys believe in love at first sight and his admission both cracked me up and made me smile. I loved his tendency to bumble around her. Seeing a man who is normally level-headed become a bit disheveled around a pretty girl was cute. I rooted for him to get what he wanted because reading about the connection was truly sensual and steamy.
If you want a book that’s hot and guaranteed to make you blush for all the best possible reasons, then you need to read Singed. I give it and enthusiastic 4 cherries.